I kept waiting for the book to get better. In fact, in the hands of a better author, the overall story concept between Sweden and South Africa could be told differently and be a great book. As portrayed in the book, either the characters are unrealistic, or Swedish people are not very intelligent. Being of Swedish ancestry I would prefer to think the former, but as this is such a bad book and it seems to be popular in Sweden, I’m concerned it might be the latter. Maybe the characters are intended to be humorous, and that was lost in the translation. The reader’s sing-songy voice may have been appropriate for the Swedish characters voices, but it was grating when the awkward pronuncations and word cadence carried into the narrative. What I did come away with was a better understanding of South Africa and black culture during that period and little else.
I cannot think of when I would ever say that I’m “indebted” to an author. Certainly I appreciate the many of the authors of books I’ve read and have been impressed by their talents and the works they have created. However, the emotional reaction that I have after reading Paul Johnson’s A History of the American People is one of gratitude and indebtedness. With the continued assault on our history with pop culture and political correctness it is refreshing to hear a well researched history that has not been tainted or biased as so much of what is promoted as history today. Johnson does not tell a one sided story, rather he tells a balanced version with a great deal of background perspective that both strengthens the credibility of the material as well as gives the reader a great deal of insight that most history books miss. I have already recommended this book to many of my friends and recommend it to anyone who wants to hear a fascinating story of the American people. I am indebted to Paul Johnson.
First, even though I seem to be one of the very few males who have reviewed this book, I highly recommend it to all of my gender.
This book and Audible recording of it are an amazing production. I am very impressed with the stories told by these women and the readers who performed each. I cannot imagine reading the printed version, and coming away with the feeling of being there, part of these women's lives.
Finally, even though I am over 50, lived through the civil rights era (but not in the south) and feel very strongly that all citizens should equal rights, I had no idea the depth of the prejudice and injustice that blacks had to suffer in the south in those times. This book has given me a new perspective.
This book is non-fiction yet it reads better than most fiction crime or thriller books. The story of how a gang led by a Cuban commando can rob Las Vegas hotels and armored cars is amazing and would not be believable, except it really happened. The author did an excellent job of developing and weaving the stories of the many characters, into what would be a great fiction book, but it is non-fiction. Even the extensive Author's Notes following the book are an interesting listen. They tell how this information was obtained and the effect of this information being published. The reader also did an excellent job with the Cuban accent for the main character. Our friend from Bakersfield needs to download this again and have some more patience while the characters are developed.
I chose this book because of the great reviews. When I listened to it, I liked the story narration, the clever dialog and the initial premise. I thought I was listening to a 5-star book. However, as the story continued, it departed from believability and I found the main character who is very smart, doing dumb things and not what would be obvious to me or anyone else. I kept listening for the great ending I thought was coming. Then came the ending, which was a really Big Disappointment. The author could have done so much with the story at the end, but turned it into a corporation bashing piece of unbelievable fiction.
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